The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, Local/State News Briefing, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day
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THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunny and hot. High 99F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
This Day in History
In 1870, Congress created the U.S. Department of Justice.
In 1918, a train wreck involving the Hagenbeck-Wallace circus occurred near Hammond, Indiana, killing 86 and injuring 127.
In 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union.
In 1942, the Pledge of Allegiance was formally adopted by Congress.
In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, commonly known as the G.I. Bill.
In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio caught fire — although not for the first time — drawing national attention to water pollution, and spurring the passing of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.
In 1978, James W. Christy discovered Pluto’s satellite Charon.
In 1990, Checkpoint Charlie was dismantled in Berlin.
In 2009, two Washington, D.C Metro trains collided, killing nine.
This Day in Music History
In 1963, 13-year-old “Little Stevie Wonder” first entered the singles chart with “Fingertips.”
In 1968, Herb Alpert started a four-week run at No. 1 with “This Guy’s in Love with You.”
In 1969, after a long battle with drugs and alcohol, Judy Garland died of an barbiturate overdose at age 47.
In 1981, Mark David Chapman pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering John Lennon. He was later sentenced to 20 years to life.
In 1984, the movie Rhinestone was released, featuring Dolly Parton as a country singer trying to mentor a New York cabbie played by Sylvester Stallone.
In 1985, Bryan Adams started a two-week run at No. 1 on the singles chart with “Heaven.”
In 1988, Robert Palmer released “Simply Irresistible” in his native United Kingdom, where it peaked at #44. The single fared much better in America, where it peaked at #2.
Politician Dianne Feinstein is 88. Singer-songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson is 85. Political commentator Brit Hume is 78. Actress Lindsay Wagner is 72. Politician Elizabeth Warren is 72. Actress Meryl Streep is 72. Singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper is 68. Author Dan Brown is 57. Actress Amy Brenneman is 57. Actress Emmanuelle Seigner is 55.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS
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New Mexico ranks 49th in child well-being, an improvement
SANTA FE — An annual report ranks New Mexico 49th in child well-being, and that’s an improvement. The Kids Count report tracks metrics of children’s education, home life and health. New Mexico continues to rank high in child poverty and low in education outcomes. Kids in the Land of Enchantment have only slightly higher-than-average obesity. The report is based on data gathered before the coronavirus pandemic. Liberal advocates say state policies supporting families and health care may blunt the impacts of the pandemic.
Body found in Rio Grande near Truth or Consequences
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES — Authorities are waiting for the identity of a body recovered in the Rio Grande near Truth or Consequences. New Mexico State Police said that a dive team discovered the body several miles from Rotary Park. A 5-year-old boy from the area was reported missing last week. Authorities have not said whether the body found could be Shaquille Ferguson Jr. Local authorities were asked by family last week to conduct a welfare check. The boy was last seen with another relative more than two weeks ago near Rotary Park. The body is with the Office of the Medical Investigator for identification.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Powell says economy growing rapidly, inflation up ‘notably’
WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says the economy is growing at a healthy clip, and that has accelerated inflation. Still, in written testimony to be delivered at a congressional oversight hearing Tuesday, Powell reiterated his view that inflation’s recent jump to a 13-year high would prove temporary. Powell’s remarks follow a meeting of the Fed’s policymaking committee last week, when central bank officials signaled they were prepared to raise rates earlier than they had previously suggested.
Ransomware gangs get paid off as officials struggle for fix
BOSTON — The dilemma surrounding ransomware payments has left U.S. officials fumbling about how to respond to such demands. While the Biden administration “strongly discourages” paying, officials recognize that failing to pay would be almost self-destructive for some victims. In an initial step, bipartisan draft legislation would mandate immediate federal reporting of ransomware attacks. Doing so could assist response, help identify attackers and even recoup ransoms, as the FBI did with most of the $4.4 million that Colonial Pipeline recently paid. But without additional action soon, experts say ransomware payments will continue to skyrocket.
Arizona House schedules budget debate as deal solidifies
PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature has scheduled debate for Tuesday on a $12.8 billion state budget plan. A pair of Republican lawmakers had blocked it because of concerns over tax cuts and their effects on city finances. Now, they say they mainly back the plan. Republican Sen. Paul Boyer said Monday that changes boosting cities’ share of state income tax will ensure municipal budgets are not overly harmed by the budget’s tax cuts and he is now satisfied. And GOP Rep. David Cook said he's satisfied cities will be protected and more state debt paid off. The House has scheduled debate for Tuesday. Minority Democrats oppose the plan.
Searching for sticky stuff: MLB umps start checking pitchers
ARLINGTON, Teas — Major League Baseball has started its crackdown on sticky stuff and foreign substances. Umpires are now doing regular checks of all pitchers for tacky substances that could be used to doctor baseballs. That was long against the rules but rarely enforced until now. Jacob deGrom was the first pitcher inspected under the new directive that took effect Monday. In the opener of the New York Mets’ doubleheader against Atlanta, the two-time Cy Young Award winner passed when inspected after the first and fifth innings. Any pitchers using illegal substances will be ejected and then suspended 10 games.
Spielberg’s Amblin to make several films a year for Netflix
NEW YORK — Steven Spielberg, a filmmaker synonymous with big-screen enchantment, has set a new deal with Netflix in which his production company, Amblin Partners, will make multiple feature films per year for the streaming giant. The partnership is a major get for the company that, amid increasing competition, brings perhaps the most beloved film director more officially into the streaming fold. The deal doesn’t specifically include any movies to be directed by Spielberg. In December, he’ll release his West Side Story in theaters. Amblin, which takes its name from a 1968 short by Spielberg, has helped produce a wide variety of non-Spielberg films, including 1917 and Green Book.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Taliban take key Afghan district, adding to string of gains
KABUL — Local police say Taliban fighters have taken control of a key district in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province and encircled the provincial capital. The insurgent group's recent battlefield victories have come amid a stalemate in peace talks and a U.S. troop withdrawal still on pace to conclude by early September. Police in Kunduz said the fighting around Imam Sahib district began late Sunday and by midday Monday the Taliban had overrun the district headquarters and were in control of police headquarters. They were within a kilometer of the provincial capital. Dozens of districts have fallen to the Taliban since May 1, when U.S. and NATO troops began their final departure from Afghanistan.
Mexico president to investigate border shooting of innocents
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico — Mexico’s president is vowing to investigate the border shootings that left 19 dead. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday that evidence indicated that 15 of the victims were innocent bystanders. The other four dead were suspected gunmen, from a group that drove into the northern border city of Reynosa and opened fire indiscriminately. Reynosa is located across the border from McAllen, Texas, and has been the scene of fighting between factions of the Gulf cartel. The dead included taxi drivers, workers and a nursing student. Images posted on social media showed bodies in the streets. Authorities are still investigating the motive.
NKorea tells WHO it has detected no virus cases
SEOUL — North Korea has told the World Health Organization it tested more than 30,000 people for the coronavirus through June 10 but has yet to find a single infection. The WHO said in a monitoring report Tuesday that North Korea’s testing figures included 733 people who were tested during June 4-10, of which 149 were with influenza-like illnesses or severe respiratory infections. Experts widely doubt North Korea’s claim that it has not had a single case of the virus, given its poor health infrastructure and porous border with China, its major ally and economic lifeline. Describing its anti-virus efforts as a “matter of national existence,” the North has banned tourists, jetted out diplomats and severely restricted cross-border traffic and trade.
Nicaragua places former first lady under house arrest
MANAGUA — Nicaragua police say they have placed former first lady María Fernanda Flores Lanzas, wife of former President Arnoldo Aleman, under house arrest for alleged crimes against the state. Earlier Monday, writer and former Nicaraguan Vice President Sergio Ramírez says that there is “zero possibility” of holding free elections in Nicaragua Nov. 7 and that opposition forces who participate would only be “legitimizing” President Daniel Ortega’s re-election. The writer’s comments came shortly after Mexico and Argentina recalled their ambassadors to Nicaragua for consultations, a day after Ortega’s government arrested yet another presidential contender ahead of the elections.
Armani talks succession at 1st live show since pandemic
MILAN — Giorgio Armani hinted at his succession plans on Monday as he staged his first live runway show since the pandemic, and following a fall that landed him the hospital for two weeks. The 86-year-old designer has usually demurred from answering questions about the future of his fashion empire, but the issue seems to have pushed to the forefront after a bad fall that fractured his left humerus, requiring 17 stitches and hospitalization. With a menswear show to prepare for, he relied on Pantaleo (Leo) Dell’Orco, who joined Armani in 1977 and heads menswear for all of Armani’s collections: Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and Armani Exchange.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Will the big jump in inflation prove to be “temporary”?
Ever owned an Armani suit?
Plan to see the remake of West Side Story?
Do you have an Amazon Prime account?
Had the Hitler-Stalin pact lasted another five or ten years, how would history be different?
Swamp cooler or refrigerated air?
Best Meryl Streep film?
When was the last time you rode a bus in Albuquerque?
Why are U.S. troops still in Europe?
What’s your worst MVD experience?